The exhibition project proposed by Galleria Russo for the XXXII edition of the Florence Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato begins with a series of artist portraits. It starts with a portrait of Princess de Beaumont executed by John Singer Sargent in 1884, an important work in the historiography of the great portrait painter because it is the last one he painted in his effervescent Parisian period.
Of similar importance is Medardo Rosso’s Ecce Puer, a waxwork made in 1906 from the Margherita Sarfatti collection and, last in terms of dating, a biro pen portrait of Maurizio Fagiolo dell’Arco by Alighiero Boetti.
These works are flanked by a bronze by Adolfo Wildt from 1918-1919 and one by Marino Marini from 1939, two landscape views from 1909 by Umberto Boccioni and three paintings by Alberto Savinio.
The liveliness of the Italian art scene of the 1920s is effectively documented by two metaphysical works by Mario Tozzi, Il Bimbo and Mario Sironi, Figura con lo specchio.